A Bachelor-Themed Pad Gets A Modern Contemporary Look

Aside from using black and white, you can do a lot in your man cave. Let this condo home in Makati inspire you.

Photography: Dairy Darilag Pictorial Direction: Tala Singson Design Consultant: Grace Moslares

Despite intending to rent out this unit from the time it was purchased, homeowner Trixie decided to go all out in designing it. She made the wise decision of tapping a professional to work on it, rather than spending most of her weekends shopping for furnishings herself.

Trixie learned of design consultant Grace Moslares of Magara Designs through a common friend. One of the first things Grace and Trixie discussed was the budget. At first, Grace thought it wouldn’t be enough, but after finding out that Trixie had already bought most of the furniture, Grace went to work immediately. “All we needed was to set up [the furniture] properly. Pero bare pa rin siya, [so we added accessories]. I had a nice feeling na kaya naman,” Grace relates.

The 30sqm unit is one of several units that Trixie purchased as investment, each with a different theme. This studio unit takes on a modern, contemporary look—most ideal as a bachelor’s pad. According to Grace, it is a “safe” theme, which makes use of the color tones of the existing pieces.

Check out how Grace put all the elements together:

Sleeping Area

Black and gray hues are typical of bachelor pads and to soften the look of this studio unit, white linen and pine accents were used. When Grace entered the picture, Trixie had already bought the dining set and chandelier with pine details, so these were the starting points for Grace’s design.

Open Layout

Trixie was concerned about how the black sofa would look with the gray bed. Too dark? Too masculine? “Bahala na si Grace,” Trixie thought. The result is a put-together look that plays up details like the patterns on the rugs and the lines of the furniture.

Living, Dining, and Kitchen Areas

The open layout maximizes the space of the studio unit, which has dedicated areas for receiving guests, dining, cooking, and of course, sleeping.

Dining Nook

While there was an intention to give this unit a “hotel” feel, Grace put in accents that made it homey, such as small plants. The dining nook for two is cozy and intimate, reminiscent of coffee shops.

Living Area

Grace decided to place the divider with the skyline print in this unit, making it more masculine.

Living Area

The glass-top coffee table keeps the space from feeling cramped, while allowing you to appreciate the black and white pattern on the rug.

Decor Detail

One of Trixie’s first purchases, this chandelier with a pine accent is both classy and masculine.

Find a similar piece at Habitat Manila at 3rd Level, Abenson (beside Ascott BGC Hotel), 28th Street and 4th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.

Design Detail

The geometric touches, as seen in the wall mural and accessories, are a key factor in keeping the space simple yet interesting.

Sleeping Area

A metal stool doubles as a bedside table and an extra seat, when needed.

Find a similar piece at EDIA, 339, Glorietta 4, Office Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Decor Detail

A subtle splash of color is seen on this row of artworks by Jayson Bongat of Magara Designs.

Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with design consultant Grace Moslares and Magara Designs through mobile at (0927) 715-1393 or e-mail magarainteriors[at]

Do you have an RL-inspired home? Send us photos on Facebook and we might feature you, too!

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